What I’m Thankful For This Year

*Originally published 11/27/19

As I look back on this year, it’s hard to believe how much has changed. I got engaged to my best friend, left my career as athletic trainer to pursue my passion in health coaching, moved to a new house, and had many other fun adventures.

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I thought I would share what I’m most thankful for this year.

First and foremost, I am so very thankful for my fiance. As I sit here and try to put into words how much he means to me, I’m at a loss. I honestly didn’t know I was capable of loving someone as much as I love him before I met him. He is the most supportive, loving, generous, handsome, intelligent man, and he has a sense of humor that keeps me laughing on a daily basis. I wouldn’t be pursuing this new business if it wasn’t for his support and his confidence in me. He’s truly my better half, and I can’t wait to be his wife! 

Every year at this time, I’m reminded how grateful I am for my family. My parents are the best parents around. I know everyone thinks their parents are the best, but mine really are. They love me unconditionally and they are my biggest supporters. I know that no matter what I need, they’ll be there to help me. The older I get, the more they become some of my best friends, and I could not be more proud to be their daughter. I’m also thankful that they blessed me with a pretty awesome sister. It’s so great to have someone who just gets me, who knows my past and where I came from so well, she knows what I’m thinking without me having to say it. We don’t see each other as often as I’d like, but it’s nice to know we still have the same bond we’ve always had even when we’re not together all the time. 

My family wouldn’t be complete without my family of friends. I have been blessed with many lifelong friendships, and I cherish the time I get to spend with them. Like my family, they support me and love me no matter what, and I hope they know that love and support goes both ways!

My health is something I’m thankful for that I often take for granted. I’m so lucky to be able to get up every day, move my body, eat delicious, nourishing food, and enjoy my life without having to worry about medications, doctors appointments, or being uncomfortable. I like to think I’m healthy because of my lifestyle, but I know there’s an element of luck to it as well, and I’m really grateful for the cards that I drew.

It’s easy to get caught up in daily struggles and minor annoyances, but I challenge you to take a moment to remind yourself of all of the positive things in your life. A little bit of gratitude goes a long way towards improving both mental and physical health, so don’t forget to check in with yourself and think about the good things every once in awhile!

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

Melissa

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